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U.S. Shoots Down Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon  —  U.S. Shoots Down Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Over Atlantic  —  WASHINGTON- U.S. fighter planes shot down a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, days after it was spotted crossing the U.S. and leading to renewed tensions with Beijing.
CNN:
US fighter jets shoot down Chinese spy balloon off East Coast  —  US military fighter jets shot down the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed Saturday.
Discussion: New York Post, 6abc and NewsNation
New York Times:
U.S. Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon Off the Coast of the Carolinas  —  Shooting down the balloon ended a dramatic chapter in a diplomatic crisis.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States shot down a Chinese spy balloon on Saturday that had spent the last week traversing the country …
Peter Alexander / NBC News:
U.S. has downed Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast and will attempt to recover debris  —  The U.S. downed the Chinese surveillance balloon off the Carolina coast on Saturday and will attempt to recover its debris, according to a U.S. official.  —  Asked by a reporter if the U.S …
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
New York Times:
U.S. Close to Shooting Down Chinese Spy Balloon Over the East Coast  —  The airborne surveillance device was first spotted earlier this week over the western United States, setting off a diplomatic crisis.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States was on the verge of shooting down a Chinese spy balloon …
Bloomberg:
From China to Big Sky: The Balloon That Unnerved the White House
Associated Press:
China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky
Lily Kuo / Washington Post:
China rushes to cap damage over suspected spy balloon as Blinken delays trip
Associated Press:
China plays down Blinken's canceled visit over balloon
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Biden speaks about Chinese spy balloon on camera for first time, says 'we're gonna take care of it'
New York Times:
Blinken Cancels China Trip After Spy Balloon Detected Over U.S.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Exclusive: Supreme Court justices used personal emails for work and ‘burn bags’ were left open in hallways, sources say  —  Long before the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade, some Supreme Court justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive transmissions instead …
James Kirchick / Air Mail:
Armie Hammer Breaks His Silence  —  Two years after some of the most shocking allegations of the #MeToo era lit up the Internet and destroyed his career, the actor has finally decided to tell his side of the story  —  For the vast majority of humanity, January 1, 2021—a year into the coronavirus pandemic …
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Democrats Overhaul Party's Primary Calendar, Upending a Political Tradition  —  The proposal radically reshapes the way the party picks its presidential nominees, putting more racially diverse states at the front of the line.  —  PHILADELPHIA — Upending decades of political tradition …
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Philip Marcelo / Associated Press:
Florida weighs mandating menstrual cycle details for female athletes  —  CLAIM: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is requiring all female student-athletes in the state to provide detailed information about their periods in order to compete in organized sports.  —  AP'S ASSESSMENT: False.
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Much-Touted Trump Era Fundraising Platform WinRed Lost Millions In Midterm Elections  —  The loss came after Republicans pressured WinRed to lower its costs after complaints that the company generated millions for a handful of investors in 2020.  —  WASHINGTON — The GOP's much-touted …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein's extremely awkward, very uncomfortable exit from the political stage  —  LOS ANGELES — Several of her House colleagues are already running for her Senate seat.  She isn't raising real money.  And it's so widely assumed that Sen. Dianne Feinstein is on her way out that Nancy Pelosi …
Andrew Weissmann / Washington Post:
An insider's critical view of an investigation of Donald Trump  —  Mark Pomerantz's ‘People vs. Donald Trump’ lands as the Manhattan district attorney's office moves forward on work that could lead to criminal charges against the ex-president  —  In February 2022, Mark Pomerantz was a lead attorney …
Duncan Campbell / Byline Times:
Russia and the US Press: The Article the CJR Didn't Publish  —  Two and a half years ago, the Columbia Journalism Review refused to publish Duncan Campbell's investigation into The Nation magazine and its apparent support for Vladimir Putin.  It is published here in full
Julia Angwin / The Markup:
Journalistic Lessons for the Algorithmic Age … Hello, friends,  —  I'm sad to inform you that this is my last missive to you.  After founding The Markup five years ago, I am departing this newsroom to pursue other projects.  It's been an honor to correspond with all of you, dear readers …
 
 
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